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''We feel bad that the Bengal government has not even visited us once''
More than 40 days have passed since Pemba Lamu Sherpa lost her beloved husband, Dawa Wangchuk Sherpa in the fateful Kanchenjunga expedition, but still the Bengal government has not come and met the family even once. Dawa was a young mountaineer from Darjeeling, who had gone for the expedition along with Ningtemba Sherpa and a Bengali female mountaineer Chhanda Gayen.
What makes the situation worse is that several politicians from Bengal visited Chhanda Gayen's house a number of times, but ignored Dawa's family. Pemba said, ''We feel bad that the Bengal government has not even visited us once.''

But, some members of the local political party in Darjeeling, GJM, visited the family and has appealed to the Bengal government to provide them with a job along some financial assistance.

Dawa was the main bread earner of the family, so his unfortunate death has made matters difficult for the family, which is now survived with his wife, brother, sister in law and mother. Though, Dawa's brother earns, still, his earning is not enough. Pemba said, ''There is a need for regular flow of income in the family, as the family has to run as well. It would be great if the Bengal government provides a job, as it could solve many a problems in the family.''

Times are tough, especially for Pemba, who had only married Dawa on 25 January 2014. It was love marriage. They had vowed to be with one another for years and years to come, but unfortunately, it only lasted for five months.

''Please Pray for us'' were the last words of Dawa, as told by Pemba. The expedition team had completed the Kanchenjunga expedition on April 18. But on April 19, as per the request of Chhanda, the other two mountaineers hesitantly agreed to climb another peak nearby. ''As to whatever I heard, the weather conditions were also not great, still they went ahead. While descending, Chhanda slipped and in seeing that Ningtemba and Dawa tried their best to save her, but in the process lost their lives as well, as they rolled down hundreds of feet below,'' said Pemba.

''If the dead body can be found, it would be great, but I do not think so, it can be traced,'' said Pemba. Helicopters have also been used to spot the body, but to no avail. The family has already performed his last rites as well.

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